Why libertarianism?

People are upset about the economy. They’re grasping for alternatives to the current political class. Someone recently noted that the great danger of the Tea Party is that it feels like a revolution to its members, but it doesn’t address any of the issues that really matter.

This is true. It is fun to watch incumbents squirm and then lose, but if the “new people” are just going to repeal Obamacare, maintain tax rates, and cut discretionary spending to the level of a few years ago, well, then they’re using a teaspoon to shovel snow during a blizzard. It’s nothing but a start. Drastic problems need drastic solutions. The public isn’t there yet, no matter how much we hear the word “revolution” this fall.

I now call myself a libertarian for lack of a better word. I’m not wholly comfortable with that term. Like other terms (“conservative”), it has its baggage. There are a lot of competing understandings of the word. But that’s true in the conservative world, too.

However, let’s summarize the solutions to the massive spending that threatens a complete economic collapse in this country. First, entitlement spending (Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, etc.) must be phased out. The money has already been squandered and we have seen the devastation welfare has caused. Second, government control of the money supply that enables overspending and boom/bust cycles needs to end (eliminate the Fed, repeal legal tender laws, end the moral hazards such as the FDIC). Third, the U.S. needs to end its military presence in over 100 countries. Don’t we all know the course of empire? Fourth, the Federal Register needs to be thrown into a bonfire. An economist noted that federal regulations alone cost $1.2T a year. That’s over 30% more than the government collected in income tax revenues last year. Fifth, public education needs to end. Why do people to see something sinister in countries with their red-scarved children, and yet they imagine that our government schools do not advance the state’s agenda? Public schools– and I include universities, of course– are government indoctrination centers.

Reread that last paragraph. Do conservative Republicans advance that kind of agenda? No. Libertarians like Ron Paul do.

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